4 / 2012 - tall building

During the past year, various pending tower building projects have been introduced to the public. Architect and critic Netta Böök portrays in her article an image of the trend that has spread fast around the nation. The topic is discussed in the magazine from various perspectives. Architect Sarlotta Narjus designing the tower buildings in Espoo’s Keilaniemi feels that skyscrapers are demonised in public discussion. Art historian Riitta Nikula calls for long-term principles. Urban planner Matti Kaijansinkko sees tall construction as a way of creating a lively and diverse city. In Helsinki, the centre of Kalasatama will witness the rise of six tower buildings with over 30 floors in each. The architect of the centre, Pekka Helin, sees dense and tall construction united with rail track transportation as an ecological solution. Freiburg’s urban planning director Wulf Daseking, a city known as the eco-capital in Europe, does not object to tall construction per se but perceives it as an exception: “Each tower building must be approved by the neighbourhood, represent good architecture and add uniquely to the beauty of the city’s landscape.” 

Antony Wood, the director of the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat organisation in Chicago, sheds light on the new developmental directions of skyscrapers. Because contemporary technology does not set constraints on the height of construction, the most important question these days according to Wood is: “How high should our construction go?”

Our wide cities can be compressed and modernised in multiple ways, also in a down-to-earth manner and by respecting the landscape. Architect Jyrki Tasa has designed a residential block in Helsinki’s Lauttasaari by the open sea and delicate archipelago nature that eloquently complements the city. The event pavilion of the World Design Capital year built in the middle of the city and intended for temporary use only, is a fine example of new wooden architecture.


architects J-P Lehtinen, Jussi Murole, Daniel Bruun, Mathias Nyström, Miina Vuorinen
address Fenixinrinne 4–10, Helsinki
floor area 11 500 m2
completion 2011

review Kristo Vesikansa

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